This Week – April 1, 2017

This Week in Washington, D.C.

  • ACG Governors in Washington D.C. Next Week
  • Message from ACG President Carol A. Burke, MD, FACG: ABIM Announces Its Version of Improvement on MOC; TN introduces MOC legislation
  • ACG, AGA, and ASGE Release 2017 CPT Coding Manual Update

From ACG Board of Governors Chair, Costas Kefalas, MD, MMM, FACG

ACG Governors in Washington D.C. Next Week

ACG Governors will be in Washington D.C. on Capitol Hill next week advocating for ACG members and GI patients.  The 2017 Fly-In will consist of two themes: improving preventive services and health insurance protections for patients, and reducing the administrative and regulatory burdens borne by practicing gastroenterologists.  The timing is also a great opportunity to engage with members of Congress and their staff, as House and Senate Republicans plan the next steps for any Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal and/or replace.  Democrats, emboldened by the House Republicans’ recent failure to come to any consensus for a ACA repeal and replace package, have already stated they are willing to work with the Republicans and the Trump Administration to improve the ACA, but any talk of “repeal” is a nonstarter.

ACG Members: Are there any specific state and local issues that your state’s Washington D.C. delegation should know about?  Contact your ACG Governor and let them convey these issues to your Representatives and Senators.  This is a great opportunity to educate Congress and staff.

Read the full post here.

From ACG President, Carol A. Burke, MD, FACG

ABIM Announces Its Version of Improvement on MOC: Are “Open-Book”, Frequent Exams Diplomate-Centered?

This week, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) announced a plan which makes certain concessions to the overwhelming opposition to the state of MOC from physicians by substituting optional, more frequent “open-book” testing for earlier ill-conceived MOC proposals.  For ABIM diplomates, the long-form, 10-year Board assessment taken at a secure testing facility remains in place, but will now be “open book.” Open book to the ABIM means provision of access to an “external resource” – created by the ABIM.  Alternatively, Board certification can be maintained by passing an open-book “Knowledge Check-In” every two years. The fine print of the ABIM announcement notes that this two-year option will contain questions covering the breadth of the discipline.

The College continues to stand firm in its fundamental commitment to push ABIM to re-envision and overhaul the MOC process. We are guided by these Core Principles. Read the full post here.

At the State and Local Level: TN Introduces Bill on MOC—Voice Your Support

ACG is working together with the Tennessee Medical Association in advocating for legislation that prohibits maintenance of certification (MOC) requirements by insurers as well as for state licensure.  State Senator Richard Briggs and State Representative Ryan Williams have introduced bill SB 298/HB 413.

ACG members in Tennessee: we need your help.  Please express your support!

From ACG Practice Management Committee Chair, Michael S. Morelli, MD, CPE, FACG

ACG, AGA, and ASGE Release 2017 CPT Coding Manual Update

ACG and the GI societies work closely together to ensure that our members are aware of, and prepared for, coding and reimbursement changes occurring each year.  For 2017, there were several changes to Current Procedural Terminology® (CPT) codes for gastroenterology services, including important changes for moderate sedation in Medicare.  The 2017 update also features 10 popular Q&As on coding.  ACG thanks Christopher Kim, MD, FACG and Daniel DeMarco, MD, FACG for their commitment to the College and representing ACG on these important CPT-related issues.

Please review the 2017 CPT Coding Manual Update developed jointly by the three GI societies for your reference.

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